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2014 Victory High-Ball - Coolness Factor = 53.7%

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Aug 02, 2013 11:08 am

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The ultimate bare-bones badass bobber...

Among custom cruiser motorcycles, nothing touches the Victory High-Ball. This cruiser with custom wheels, bobbed fenders and ape hangers brings out an attitude that can't be matched.




2014 Victory High-Ball Total Motorcycle Key Features


• APE HANGER HANDLEBARS


• 16” WHEELS WITH WHITEWALL TIRES


• SHORT FRONT FENDER


• 106 CUBIC-INCH FREEDOM® V-TWIN


• 110 FT-LBS OF TORQUE


• 6-SPEED OVERDRIVE TRANSMISSION




2014 Victory High-Ball - Total Motorcycle Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $13,499
Canada MSRP Price: $14,899 CDN



Engine

Battery 12 volts / 18 amp hours
Bore x Stroke 101 x 108 mm
Charging System 38 amps max output
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Compression Ratio 9.4 : 1
Cooling System Air / oil
Displacement 106 ci / 1731 cc
Engine Type 4-stroke 50° V-Twin
Exhaust Staggered slash-cut dual exhaust with crossover
Final Drive Carbon Fiber Reinforced Belt
Fuel Capacity 4.5 gal / 17.0 ltr
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection with dual 45mm throttle body
Oil Capacity 5.0 qts / 4.73 ltr
Primary Drive Gear drive with torque compensator Transmission 6-speed overdrive constant mesh Valve Train Single overhead camshafts with 4 valves per cylinder, self-adjusting cam chains, hydraulic lifters

Suspension (Totalmotorcycle.com)
Front Suspension Conventional telescopic fork, 43 mm diameter, 5.1 in / 130 mm travel
Rear Suspension Single, mono-tube gas, cast aluminum with rising rate linkage, 3.0 in / 75 mm travel, preload adjustable spring

Chassis (Totalmotorcycle.com)
Dry Weight 659 lbs / 300 kg
Ground Clearance 4.7 in / 120 mm
GVWR 1151 lbs / 523 kg
Length 93.4 in / 2372 mm
Rake/trail 32° / 6.7 in / 170 mm
Seat Height 25.0 in / 635 mm
Wheelbase 64.8 in / 1647 mm

Brakes
Brake System Type Conventional
Front braking system 300mm floating rotor with 4-piston caliper
Rear braking system 300mm floating rotor with 2-piston caliper

Wheels & Tires
Front Tire Metzeler ME880 Front Wheel 16 x 3.5 in
Rear Tire Metzeler ME880 Rear Wheel 16 x 3.5 in

Colors (Totalmotorcycle.com)
Suede Black with Graphics
Suede Black with Flames

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Re: This week: 2014 Victory High-Ball: Vote Today

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Aug 02, 2013 11:10 am

With the release of the 2014 Victory models, we bring you the 2014 Victory High-Ball. :D

Enjoy!

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Re: This week: 2014 Victory High-Ball: Vote Today

Unread post by dr_bar » Fri Aug 02, 2013 1:31 pm

There's only one thing I dislike about this bike, the ape hangers. Best I could do was cool...
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Re: This week: 2014 Victory High-Ball: Vote Today

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Aug 02, 2013 3:53 pm

dr_bar wrote:There's only one thing I dislike about this bike, the ape hangers. Best I could do was cool...
I know there are indeed riders who favor ape hangers on their bikes, but I wonder, wouldn't ape hangers be a negative to handling (turning)? Or is there some advantage to them (other than looks) that I am missing?

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Re: This week: 2014 Victory High-Ball: Vote Today

Unread post by Gummiente » Fri Aug 02, 2013 8:01 pm

This one gets a "cool" from me. Finally, a Victory without all that Arlen Ness swoopy cartoonish crappy styling! Now, if they could get to work on the Cross Country and de-Ness that one, it would be back in my Top 3 list in no time.

Mike, apehangers are purely a styling touch and offer no advantages to handling. If memory serves, I did a writeup on the Harley Cross Bones here on TMW a couple years back and I wasn't impressed with the apehangers on that one, either.
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Re: This week: 2014 Victory High-Ball: Vote Today

Unread post by blues2cruise » Fri Aug 02, 2013 8:13 pm

I can imagine the ape hanger bars would cause the blood to drain from my hands.

Otherwise the bike is cool.
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Re: This week: 2014 Victory High-Ball: Vote Today

Unread post by Mithrandir » Fri Aug 02, 2013 8:15 pm

totalmotorcycle wrote:
dr_bar wrote:Or is there some advantage to them (other than looks) that I am missing?

Mike
Mike,

Perhaps it keeps the area under the arms cool? :roll: ;)

Other than that thought, I can not think of any advantages for ape hangers.

I vote uncool just for the ape hangers.

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Re: This week: 2014 Victory High-Ball: Vote Today

Unread post by montanalifter » Fri Aug 02, 2013 11:27 pm

I think the price is good for a 2014 big inch cruiser, looks good, not too sure about the apes. Single disc out front doesn't do it for me, I like to stop better than that on a big bike. Nice bike though. I voted cool.

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Re: This week: 2014 Victory High-Ball: Vote Today

Unread post by storysunfolding » Fri Aug 02, 2013 11:43 pm

I like the styling of the bike and the flow showing off the fantastic motor and smoothly going back to the rest of the bike. Victory hits all styling points for me. I even dig the mini apes. I'm seeing a lot of aging riders switch to the mini-apes because it helps them hold an upright posture and keeps back aches away. So glad I'm not old. As a taller guy (not freakishly tall like Mike ;) ) I enjoy smaller apes. I have a monster of a friend with real apes and my hands being over my eyes is just... weird. Can't ride like that because my jacket constrains my arms in that position which makes them go to sleep in 20 minutes. Makes me wonder if they sell Ape Hanger jackets for guys that buy these bikes.

Don't let the single disc mislead you into thinking a bike won't stop fast. Single versus double rotors isn't a good indicator of stopping power. The only reason my sportbikes have dual rotors is with the intention that I will repeatedly be going hard and strong on the brakes. Two rotors= more surface area= quicker cooling. The suzuki M-50 has one of the best 60-0 times among cruisers and it's a single disc.
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Re: This week: 2014 Victory High-Ball: Vote Today

Unread post by ceemes » Sat Aug 03, 2013 10:42 am

Fail, a total poser bike
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Re: This week: 2014 Victory High-Ball: Vote Today

Unread post by jstark47 » Sat Aug 03, 2013 10:44 am

I haven't voted yet, but.......... something about the angle and position of the speedo vis-a-vis the headlight is not working for my eye. Let me find some pics of the bike from other angles and see if I can tell more.....
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Re: This week: 2014 Victory High-Ball: Vote Today

Unread post by HYPERR » Sat Aug 03, 2013 8:13 pm

ceemes wrote:Fail, a total poser bike
that about sums it up...
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Re: This week: 2014 Victory High-Ball: Vote Today

Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Sun Aug 04, 2013 5:00 pm

Voted cool I like the Victory and I like the style of it. I am not a cruiser guy but I would have a Victory if I was,not one with apes but I'd have one.
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Re: This week: 2014 Victory High-Ball: Vote Today

Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Mon Aug 05, 2013 12:52 am

Victory gave something up with this iteration, awfully glad they didn't do the same thing across their entire line.

Now if only Victory would toy around with the idea of smaller displacement, they just might end up with something on my short list. This gets an Uncool.

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Re: This week: 2014 Victory High-Ball: Vote Today

Unread post by LifesHarlequin » Mon Aug 05, 2013 11:12 pm

Boring.. just boring. Black cruiser with flames, ape-hangers, and while walls... Again. Aside from the motor itself being pretty sleek, I can't think of a single thing that puts this bike above the generic cruiser.

Voted uncool because there's nothing cool about looking exactly like everyone else, or having a cruiser styled just like an H-D. Compare it to the Arlen Ness inspired Vision, or a time-warped H-D Soft Tail Springer, or the unique look of Suzuki M109, and it's just another black cruiser with flames and white-walls. You want that but not H-D, I'd say get the Honda Sabre because that bike is clean, cheaper, Honda reliable and designed, and just aching to be customized away.

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Re: This week: 2014 Victory High-Ball: Vote Today

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:47 am

JackoftheGreen wrote:Now if only Victory would toy around with the idea of smaller displacement, they just might end up with something on my short list. This gets an Uncool.
Back in 2004 during an interview Andrea and I did we asked Victory the Canadian Victory CEO about this and he mentioned they were looking into developing a smaller engine option. He sounded quite excited about it at the time. Not sure whatever came of that option but like you, I'd love to see a smaller cc Victory. The race for the top (bigger is always better) isn't always a path for success; so many massive V-Twin bikes just don't sell (Honda VTX1800, Vulcan2000, Bigdog's, Boss Hoss'* , etc) *not a V-Twin but you get the idea.

Why not a 650-900cc Victory?

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Unread post by sunshine229 » Thu Aug 08, 2013 9:19 pm

I am a big fan of Victory (would probably never own one though - not my riding style) and this bike is such a classic model in their lineup. I can't imagine riding with ape hangers but at least they aren't ridiculous looking ape hangers. The price isn't so bad and you can't beat a Victory paint job either. I went with Cool!
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Re: This week: 2014 Victory High-Ball: Vote Today

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Aug 09, 2013 1:11 pm

I voted: Cool

It was a toss up between cool and uncool, but the flame paintjob and white walls does it for me. Interestingly enough, we just got back from a Victory dealer and I just sat on this bike. In real life it's a cool looking bike, but the ape hangers are quite forward which for me makes my shoulders rise up too much, but otherwise a cool bike. It's slightly different than what Victory was offering, although H-D has been offering models like this as well (plus the trademark H-D sound included). The price is really good and the engine is great, even the weight isn't too heavy. Still would like to see a mid-displacement Victory cruiser in the near future, disappointed 2014 Victory's did have anything really new to offer. But I imagine Polaris was concentrating on the new Indian brand.

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Re: This week: 2014 Victory High-Ball: Vote Today

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Aug 09, 2013 1:19 pm

Your Coolness Factor of the 2014 Victory High-Ball is..

Awesome (3 points) 19% [ 7 ]
Cool (2 points) 39% [ 14 ]
Uncool (1 point) 25% [ 9 ]
Fail (0 point) 17% [ 6 ]

Total votes : 36

= a Coolwall Factor of 53.7%

NOTES: Victory knocks off a what most think is a pretty generic custom with little to offer over other manufacturers. But it still ranks as cool on our wall because for Victory it is something different in their lineup and it's well priced too. Love it or hate it, it's still pretty cool, but Victory could have made it even cooler we think.

Next bike is now up for voting on, have fun!!

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